Advice For Private Landlords – Renewals and Energy Efficiency

As a registered private landlord, you have certain legal responsibilities under the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) 2004.

Once you have registered you must renew your registration every 3 years. Using an email address that you provided in the application process, you will receive email reminders to renew 3 months before expiry. The Council can only send correspondence to the email address you provide.

If you fail to register after receiving two requests to apply, you are charged a late application fee of £130. Late fees don’t have any discount applied and all joint owners have to pay this fee. The late application fee is a charge laid down in legislation, and is automatically applied immediately upon the expiry of a registration. When a registration expires, it is no longer legal for any property to be let or sought to be let as they are no longer registered.

In many cases, the fee is charged at renewal due to an oversight by the landlord, rather than a deliberate avoidance of registration. To help landlords minimise the risk of having to pay a late fee, please note the following advice from the Scottish Government:

  • Firstly, if you are required to register but haven’t, please do so!
  • For those that are registered, renewal reminders are sent by e-mail at 90 days and 30 days before expiration. This offers a three month window in which to renew your registration without incurring a late fee.
  • The Private Landlord Registration (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 increased landlord registration fees from 11 June 2019. The regulations changed the principal fee to £65; the property fee to £15 and the late application fee to £130.
  • The Late Application Fee is the first enforcement step for landlords letting property without a valid registration. The next step is typically a Rent Penalty Notice, where rent is ceased for all let properties, the ultimate sanction is to have a registration revoked and for prosecution action to be considered. Please keep within the law and ensure that registrations are kept up to date.
  • Always keep your landlord registration e-mail and contact address details up to date. E-mail and postal reminders are issued based on the details held in the register. If you wish to change you contact email address you can do so online by using the website  
  • E-mails can sometimes end up in a spam or junk folder. Please remember to check these mailboxes so that reminder notices aren’t missed. The Council is not responsible if you fail to advise us of a change of email address or fail to check your spam inbox.
  • You can easily check your registration expiry date, in a single local authority area or across multiple registrations, using the online system and taking the renew/update journey. The summary page at the start of the “Your Registration” journey (https://landlordregistrationscotland.gov.uk/) will list all your registrations, expiry dates and let properties.
  • The Landlord Registration System was enhanced further this year by introducing a summary page at the start of the “Your Registration” journey and this lists all a landlord’s registrations, expiry dates and the let properties. If you are unsure when your registration expires please take a moment to check.
  • Joint owners must register / renew in their own right, a lead owner cannot register or renew on behalf of second or subsequent owners. Although second joint owner fees are typically waived, Late Application Fees are applied to joint owners whose registrations have lapsed.

Other useful sources of information are the Mygov.scot and Renting Scotland websites, or representative organisations such as the Scottish Association of Landlords, and Landlord Accreditation Scotland.

Scottish Government Consultation on Energy Performance

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposals to improve the energy efficiency and condition standards of privately rented housing in Scotland. For more information, see our housing blog post: Calling All Private Landlords! Have Your Say on Energy Efficiency!

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Private residential tenancy documents available in other languages

The Scottish Government has recently published translated versions of the following documents:

The documents are now available in Polish, Urdu and Punjabi languages.

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Landlord Accreditation Scotland training course – 30th October

Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) provides information for private landlords in Scotland based on legislation and best practice within the industry. Becoming accredited with LAS, along with regular attendance at courses and information events, provides landlords with knowledge on key issues and how to implement change when required, ensuring they have the confidence to conduct their business in a professional manner.

It can be very difficult to keep track of the changes to legislation which affect landlords’ and agents’ responsibilities.  The courses that are available cover all of these responsibilities and are updated in line with ever-changing legislation.

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This course goes through the process of property management covering topics such as minimum property condition, repairing standards, statements and inventory and health and safety.

This course is suitable for all private landlords and letting agency staff regardless of length of time within the industry.

How to Book?

Booking can be made using the links above or by visiting the LAS website.

For further information on courses or accreditation, please call 0131 553 2211 or
email: info@landlordaccreditationscotland.com

Landlord Registration Consultation Events

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The Scottish Government’s Landlord Registration Team will be holding a series of consultation events throughout May. The sessions provide the opportunity for those with an interest in landlord registration to participate in group discussion and provide feedback on the consultation. The proposals are intended to help landlords to understand their responsibilities, make the application process more robust and ensure that fees are set at a reasonable level. The overarching aim is to help improve standards of property condition and management in the private rented sector.

To book a place, please select one of the following links:

 For any further queries, feel free to get in touch with the team at Landlordreg2018@gov.scot.

 

Private Landlords – Getting Advice and Support from Landlord Accreditation Scotland

 

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What do they do?

Landlord Accreditation Scotland (LAS) is a voluntary scheme set up to promote and support landlords and letting agents in Scotland by accrediting their property management skills. The scheme is run by landlords for landlords.

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LAS Aims to:

  • promote best practice and continuous improvement of standards in the private rented sector in Scotland
  • provide tenancy management advice to landlords and letting agents giving tenants reassurance that they can expect their landlord or letting agent to operate high management standards through an ongoing programme of training throughout the country

 

Who recognises accredited landlords and letting agents?

LAS works in partnership with local authorities across Scotland, to maximise contact with all Scottish landlords and agents. Local authorities recognise that those who have chosen to meet accreditation standards are those providing the best service for tenants in that area. The Scottish Government supports the aims and objectives of LAS, and recognises the good practice of accredited landlords and agents.

What is the benefit of being accredited with LAS?

LAS offer Scottish landlords and letting agents a method of recognition in an industry where professionalism is paramount. By becoming accredited, you have access to a wide range of training, information and support documents, as well as regular email updates to help you provide the highest management standards.

Training & Information

LAS provide training on a wide range of topics aimed at all levels of knowledge and experience in the private rented sector. An example of course topics is as follows:

Core Standard Training

Level 1 Property Condition & Property Management                                                           Tenancy Management, Tenancy Agreement & Notices

Level 2 Managing Common Repairs                                                                                   Managing Tenant Complaints, Tenancy Agreements & Repossession

Best Practice Training

Dealing with Abandonment                                                                                                   Creating Inventories                                                                                                                   Health & Safety Requirements                                                                                             Landlord Tax

Contact:

Landlord Accreditation Scotland                                                                                   Hopetoun Gate, 8b McDonald Road,                                                                                        Edinburgh EH7 4LZ                                                                                                                         Tel: 0131 553 2211

Email: info@landlordaccreditationscotland.com

Web: www.landlordaccreditationscotland.com

 

 

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Private Sector Landlords Bulletin

The new tenancy regime for private landlords and the roll out of Universal Credit in Angus are important changes for private landlords, so we’ve included both in a update here.

Firstly, the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Act 2016, which is expected to take effect from December 2017, will introduce a new type of tenancy. This will be known as a “private residential tenancy”. It is important that tenants and landlords are aware about changes to rights and responsibilities that will be introduced at the end of this year. The main purpose of the changes is to improve security for tenants and provide better protection for landlords.

You can find more about what the introduction of the new form of tenancy might mean for you in the Scottish Government’s guide for tenants and guide for landlords

Secondly, the full rollout of Universal Credit will change the way benefit claimants claim and receive their income, and pay their housing costs.

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The guidance gives details about the changes for both private and social sector landlords.

For more information see our Universal Credit website